Seanad Electoral (Panel Members) Act, 1947

The ballot papers for Seanad general election.

47.—(1) The following provisions shall apply and have effect in relation to the ballot papers at a Seanad general election:

(a) there shall be different ballot papers for each panel;

(b) a ballot paper shall contain the names, addresses, and descriptions of all the candidates named in the panel to which it relates arranged in the alphabetical order of their surnames and, in cases of identity of surname, of their other names, and either in one continuous column or in two or more columns as the Seanad returning officer, with the consent of the Minister, considers to be most convenient;

(c) a ballot paper shall also state, in respect of every candidate named therein, the sub-panel in which he is named as a candidate;

(d) the surnames of the several candidates shall be printed on a ballot paper in large characters and their other names and their addresses and descriptions shall be printed in small characters, save that, whenever the surnames of two or more candidates are the same, there shall be printed in large characters (in addition to their surnames) the other names of such candidates and so much of the address or the description or of both the address and the description of each such candidate as will, in the opinion of the Seanad returning officer, effectively distinguish such candidate.

(2) Subject to the provisions of subsection (1) of this section, the ballot papers shall be in the prescribed form and each ballot paper shall have a number printed on the back thereof and shall have attached thereto a counterfoil with the same number printed on the face of such counterfoil, and every ballot paper shall, at the time of issue thereof, be marked on both sides thereof with an official mark either stamped or perforated.